BSF Head Constable Rai Singh, 39, who was killed on Sunday night in heavy shelling by the Pakistani Army in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir, became the third soldier from Haryana to have laid down his life in line of duty, since the Indian Army’s covert surgical strike on terror camps in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir on September 28.
Rai Singh, who joined the BSF in August 1995, was a native of Kheri Sampla village in Rohtak district and is survived by wife Sunita Devi (35), three school-going sons and 75-year-old mother. Body of the deceased soldier is expected to reach his native village by today evening from Jammu.
Earlier on October 24, a BSF constable Sushil Kumar from Pehowa in Kurukshetra district was martyred in heavy shelling by Pakistani rangers along the international border in Jammu. Thereafter, on October 28, Sikh Light Infantry’s 27-year-old sepoy Mandeep Singh’s body was mutilated in Macchil sector by Pakistani militants infiltrated the border under cover fire from Pakistani rangers. Mandeep Singh was a native of Antehri village of Kurukshetra district.
Rai Singh’s elder brother, Ramesh Kumar (48) retired as Havaldar from the BSF in April this year. Speaking to The Indian Express from Rohtak, Ramesh informed, “It was around 1.30 am today when we got a call from the BSF that Raj Singh has martyred in the cross-border firing around 12 midnight.” He said that the BSF authorities have informed the family that the deceased soldier’s body would be first flown from Jammu to Delhi in an Indian Air Force aircraft around 4.00 pm and thereafter it would be brought to his native village by road.
Belonging to a family of soldiers, Ramesh said, “Out of four brothers, we two were in BSF. Rai Singh had completed around 21 years of service.” Ramesh, who himself served in Kashmir region, added, “Pakistan to ek kutte ki dum ki tarah ha, jo kabhi sidhi nahi ho sakti. Kitne jawan shaheed honge is tarah ? Kitne auratein vidhwa hongi ? Kyun na Bhartiye sena ko aar-paar ki ladai ka seedha mauka diya jaye?” As the news of Singh’s death spread today morning, people started visiting his house to extend condolences to the grieving family members.